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Twelve months of children's programming: Grades K through 6

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, 12 Months of Children's Programming: Grades K through 6 with Lisa M. Shaia and Joanne M. Moore. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Serving ESL and non-English speaking patrons in the library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Serving ESL and Non-English Speaking Patrons in the Library, with Cate Carlyle. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 1:30 p.m. Eastern/2:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

In today’s library, you often need to serve patrons and students who do not speak English. This can be intimidating—how do you communicate? How do you avoid the risk of creating cultural misunderstandings?

New webinar demystifies student loan forgiveness programs available to school librarians

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office explores the financial aid forgiveness programs available to school librarians. Presented by staff members from the U.S. Department of Education, “Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Benefits for School Librarians” will take place at 3 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 6. For more information and to register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Librarians invited to learn the cultural story of our ‘Marvel Moon’ in free webinar

CHICAGO — The ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invite library professionals to attend a free online learning opportunity demonstrating hands-on activities to engage young audiences in space science.  Entitled “Marvel Moon,” the online session will acquaint library audiences with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon and will present the LPI’s Explore! learning module that makes these investigations fun and interactive for children and teens. 

E-books: What librarians need to know now and for the future

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse E-books: What Librarians Need to Know Now and for the Future. Mirela Roncevic will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 7, 2014.

Book as iPad app: Multimedia, multi-touch e-books and their future in libraries

CHICAGOALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Book as iPad App: Multimedia, Multi-Touch E-Books and their Future in Libraries. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 7, 2014.

iPads, tablets and gadgets in the library

CHCIAGO ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation. Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorefield-Lang will serve as the instructors for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 31, 2014.

At the end of this eCourse, you will be able to:

Next American Libraries Live covers the present and future of e-books

CHICAGO — Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 13 for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.

How to build a great team

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Build a Great Team: One Year to Success with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place from 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central on Wednesdays, April 16 and 23, 2014.

ALCTS webinar focuses on public libraries and MOOCs

CHICAGO ALCTS is offering "MOOCs and the Public Library: An Opportunity," a webinar on Feb. 26.  Presenter, Dorothy Pawlowski will discuss opportunities for public libraries to promote lifelong learning by becoming meet-up destinations for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). This webinar is based on the experience of the Ridgefield (Conn.) Library, which hosted a 10-week literature-based MOOC.

Dorothy Pawlowski is adult services librarian at the Ridgefield Library. Her article “MOOCing at the Public Library” appeared in the December 2013 issue of Library Journal.

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